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Before joining the HealthPros project team as a PhD Candidate Damir worked as a Public Health Resident at the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the President of the European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health (EuroNet MRPH). His previous professional experiences include clinical medicine (psychiatric hospital), health policy (Ministry of Health) and medical device industry (multinational manufacturer) work. He was a scholarship awardee at the Alpbach Forum’s Summer School on European Health Systems, Erasmus Summer School of Public Health at the Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Center, French Government’s Young Professionals funding programme, European Health Forum Gastein's Young Forum Gastein programme; to name a few. He was also actively involved with European Commission co-funded Joint Action projects on patient registries (PARENT JA), health technology assessment (EUnetHTA JA3) and European (public) health information systems (InfAct JA). My volunteer experiences include medical consultancies in different projects dealing with public health and vulnerable populations (elderly, LGBT and medical informatics).

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I was born on the 4th of February ‘88 in Ankara, Turkey. I received my bachelor’s degree (2012) and master’s degree (2017) in statistics from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. During my master’s I took survival analysis courses which I liked very much and studied further about it. My master’s thesis titled “Cure Models in Survival Analysis” which I basically used cure models to obtain cure rates for different scenarios, when being cured is a probability, and interpret covariates’ effects on survival time and being cured probability. I also For statistical analysis, I am used to work with SPSS, Stata and R and for programming, I have knowledge of programming in R, STATA and C, mostly in R.

I lived in Bremen, Germany as an Erasmus+ student for six months during my master’s degree (March 2016 – October 2016) and studied at Bremen University and Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology which was an excellent experience overall and inspired me a lot to continue my research and do a PhD. I am very interested in different cultures, sharing our ideas and different approaches and getting to know people from different backgrounds which made my Erasmus+ experience even more valuable for me.

My primary field of interest is statistical methods in health research, survival analysis and epidemiology.  I am a Healthpros fellow and PhD candidate at Aalborg University Hospital working on healthcare performance measurement.

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Yuanhang Yang, MSc, BMed, is a HealthPros fellow and PhD candidate at Aalborg University Hospital on ‘Quality of health care for vulnerable populations: Are we Closing Disparity Gaps?’. His PhD research is focusing on developing evaluation methods for monitoring changes over time of disparities in quality of health care for vulnerable populations and implementation in clinical practice.

Prior to joining in HealthPros, Yuanhang worked as Statistical Programmer at Pfizer’s Research & Development Center in Shanghai, China, supporting for clinical data analysis in various therapeutic areas. He obtained an MSc in Health Policy from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Bachelor of Medicine from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

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Erica Barbazza, MSc, BHSc, is a HealthPros fellow and PhD candidate at the Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam on the transferability of actionable healthcare performance indicators. Her research aims to put focus on indicators for measurement of the capacity, performance and impact of primary health care.

Prior to joining HealthPros, Erica was a technical officer at the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty, Kazakhstan where she worked on topics related to integrated health services delivery, quality of care and primary health care performance. She has also worked as a technical officer at the WHO European Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In these roles, Erica has provided international technical assistance in countries across central Asia and Europe including Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine. Erica has contributed to a number of WHO publications including technical reports, policy briefs, book chapters, as well as peer-reviewed articles on health services delivery, health system governance and integrated health services.

Erica obtained an MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics and BHSc in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.

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After graduating with a B.Sc. degree in biomedical science, Claire started her career in the field of intellectual property. While interning at the European Patent Office, she became particularly interested in the implications that patent protection has on patient access to medicines and healthcare. This subsequently led her to work for the Medicines Patent Pool, a non-profit organisation that helps improve access to medicines for patients in developing countries. To further her education, Claire completed her M.Sc. degree in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. At the end of her master studies, she joined the Decision Science team at the French Institute for Health and Medical Science Research (INSERM), where she conducted cost-effectiveness analysis of providing innovative treatment to patients with HCV related cirrhosis. More recently, Claire worked as an analyst for the information company IHS Markit in the life sciences sector.       


Born in Santiago de Chile in 1990 from two physician parents, Nicolas Larrain grew up in a health related environment. In school he stood out academically and as a confederate basketball player. He got accepted in the Professional Business Administration program at Universidad de Chile, and completed his bachelor in science in economics in early 2014, graduating with distinction. Health economic interest emerged in this stage, taking courses on development economics, public policy and other disciplines related to social and direct determinants of population health. All this interest led to his final thesis "Equity in Financing Chile's Health System" where a comparable index of financing equity was constructed and compared in three periods in Chile.

After completing with honors his Professional Business Administration degree in late 2014, Mr Larrain worked as substitute professor in Universidad Mayor and as an assistant consultant for "Estratégica" consulting. Leading a university class was a very enriching experience, especially considering oratory and communication skills. As an assistant consultant he was given the opportunity to work together with experienced and renowned Economist, PhD and former minister Alvaro García.

In 2015 Mr Larrain joined the team of the Jameel Abdul Latieef Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) leading in the field a randomized controlled trial for a policy impact evaluation. The trail considered 6000 participants, recruited from the least favored sectors of Santiago. Working for J-PAL provided national and international experience in impact evaluation, including strong data analysis and project and partners management skills.

Following his interest in healthcare Nicolas gives a shift to his career enrolling in late 2016 in the master of International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy at SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy. As part of this program he completes a 6 months internship in OptiMedis AG, standing out for the creation of a probabilistic Markov chain to estimate the budget impact, potential savings and health benefit of different health interventions in a variety of populations. Graduating with distinction from the master in February 2018, he starts working as a research assistant and coauthor in a publication on Population Health Management together with Professor Verdiana Morando, PhD.

In May 2018 he is awarded with a position on the International Training Network for Healthcare Performance Intelligence Professionals, and will be working on innovative strategies for measuring and improving the performance of integrated health care systems.